Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans requires a costume. Bryce and I bought Venetian masks Monday and I paired mine with a skeleton shirt with a paper tear out of a baby skeleton. It was a day of a lot of walking and eating. At the end of the day I found one possible varicose vein starting on my calf and I had bad heartburn (which I have never had before). I held up from 9:00 am-midnight on my feet though, which was painful but I didn't complain.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This weekend we are headed to New Orleans. I am super excited. I'm not worry about the booze, I will obviously be avoiding them. But I am worried about the fish. I have been researching mercury levels. Thus far I know to stay away from the shark, Mackerel, swordfish and tilefish and probably anything raw. I can't wait to eat everything else though. I'm hungry.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Our camera is finally in working order so I was able to get some shots of our birth art.
I will introduce them slowly. These pastel and oils were the first Bryce and I did. They are "The Pregnant Woman," how you see yourself as a pregnant woman.
Bryce is abstract yet beautiful. It was done at about 3 months in. The bright energy ball can be perceived as the tiny baby growing in the womb.
Mine was more figurative. There is a seed growing inside the mother whose head is the sun and womb is fertile ground. Later when exploring what other mothers had drawn (from the Birthing Within book) my image matched many moms with positive self image. Less emphasis is shown on the parts not a directly thought of as part of birth. The exposed belly shows little fear.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Also, I sometimes forget to put down my positive health. I have been feeling pretty good for the last two weeks now.
I still haven't felt anything. I lie still and think "relax, now focus, was that something, no I just made that up."
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The doctors thought from the size I should actually be due in June like on the 26, however, because I was tracking myself during medication they will keep the due date the same for July and just presume I will have a big baby.
This was our last visit at RHW which saddens me a little because they truly are the best choice if you want to have a hospital birth. But I don't so I have to say goodbye to all the friendly faces.
I am still waiting for movement to be felt but I haven't felt any flutters or bubbles. Factors against me are having it be my first baby so I am not sure what I looking for, weight, and the fact that my placenta is growing on my front and the baby is facing my back. I'll let you know of course when the quickening begins.
We went in for our first ultrasound this morning. It was amazing! The baby was moving around and sucking his/her thumb. We got a cd of photos and movies, of which this is an example.
The doctors now know the sex but we opted out. Shannon can hardly keep from divulging/discovering what her Christmas presents will be. How will she keep from finding out for four months? ;)